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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in

Aqua Cat Cruises, Oct, 2012,

by Tracy E. Johnson, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6721.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We took this trip September 15-22 so were naturally concerned about hurricane season. Turned out to be some of the best weather they had seen. Rained only once on the way in to port Friday after our last dive.

This boat has the best dive platform organization I have seen on a live aboard. Set up your equipment once and tanks are filled in place between dives with Nitrox or Air. Large plastic tub under your seat to hold mask, booties, fins, Afrin, lights, etc. Two 500 PSI Defog dispensers. Place to hang towels and bathing suits over your seat. Two warm water showers on dive deck.

We had a group of mostly experienced divers (most of us had traveled together before) age ranging from 28-70 (me on the high end). One of the highlights was the 4 drift dives with deflated BC entry and about 20 divers entering from 5 different spots simultaneously to follow our dive master towing a buoy. We all surfaced together on the line after 30 minutes and Captain Ron picked us up perfectly. Got some great video of the Aquacat coming in for pickup.

All other dives were with buddies although a dive master was available if desired. Saw lots of reef sharks, turtles, and of course lion fish. Wanted to go into one swim through but after seeing a half dozen lion fish decided not to. The one wreck dive we did was marginal except for the large number of sharks cruising by (this was a previous shark feeding site).

Crew was well trained and all dives had good briefing. Food was good with many choices served buffet style. Plenty of snacks between dives.

Rooms were well laid out and spacious for a liveaboard. This is a well designed boat with plenty of public space. Very comfortable.

There is a out door bar and restaurant steps from the boat dock where we hung out pre-trip and post-trip. Some of our group and divemasters closed the bar on Friday night when we returned to port.
Websites Aqua Cat Cruises   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman Brac, Curacao, Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, St. Lucia, Isla de Coiba Panama, Bonaire, San Salvador, Guadaloupe
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive to maximum depth allowed with Nitrox 32
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate tanks, air hose to blow off excess water, camera table, charging outlets on dive deck.
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